Memphian Alex Botwin makes waves as Paper Diamond


<snip> “Botwin will be talking about his experiences as a musician and business owner as part of a “Backstage Pass” event before his Memphis show at Newby’s, sponsored by the Memphis Music Foundation.

“I’ll do anything I can for Cameron [Mann, director of the foundation’s Music Resource Center]. He’s a great person in the Memphis music scene and with what he’s doing at the Music Foundation,” Botwin says.

“When it comes to creating a career in the music business, that’s something I’m confident in, and not just for myself but for other artists I’ve been helping.”

The “Backstage Pass” event will take place at 7 p.m. at Newby’s. Admission to the talk is $5 or free for Music Foundation members.

“I look forward to coming to Memphis,” Botwin says of this homecoming of sorts.

“We’re definitely bringing a top-notch show and it’s going to be great to come back. Some of my favorite food in the world is in Memphis.”


Heartache in Memphis Compiles Best of Music from Memphians


The Memphis Music Foundation has teamed up with Indie Memphis and the Memphis Shelby County Film Commission to create a Memphis music sampler for music supervisors and creative directors. On November 3rd, in conjunction with the launch of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, Heartache in Memphis, a compilation of 20 songs will be available to stream live on SoundCloud.
A limited number of CDs will be available at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

“Memphis music is so many things. We have wellspring of diverse sounds. The theme of heartache gives music directors and music supervisors a thematic perspective,” noted Memphis Music Foundation Director of Development & Communications, Pat Mitchell. “Heartache in Memphis explores heartache through a diverse collection of artists.”

The Heartache in Memphis selection committee included representatives from Indie Memphis, The Memphis Music Foundation, The Memphis Shelby County Film Commission and members of the Music Resource Center.

Included in Heartache in Memphis are
Furry Lewis “Worried Blues”
Amy LeVere “Cry My Eyes Out”
Grace Askew “Jupe”
Nancy Apple “Hard Luck ‘N’ Old Dogs”
Susan Marshall “It’s Hitting Me”
Black Rock Revival “Lola Falana”
Deering and Down “Love is a Rock”
The Bo-Keys “Sundown on Beale”
Trashed Romeos “Gotta Find New Love”
Tiger High “Why Oh Why”
Jeffrey James and the Haul “Rain’s Coming Down”
Chris Milan “Always in Love”
Glorie “Water Drops”
Hot Freak Nation “12th of Never”
Marcela Pinilla “Mientras No Estes” (While You Were Away)
Jim Mize “Looking for You”
Star & Micey “Carly”
The Late Show “Judy”
The Tim Terry Experience “Can’t Get You”
Musaria featuring Saturna “Moment” (jazz re-mix)

STAX Ornament | Memphis Means Music


Support Memphis Music with a STAX Ornament  —  Adorned with the famous Stax snapping finger, the first in the Memphis Means Music ornament series, features the Stax label. The Memphis Means Music holiday ornaments commemorating the Memphis’ legendary music labels. Memphis artist Connie Lampen hand painted each of the ornaments.

Her hand painted ornaments can also be seen in the Peabody hotels. Each ornament includes a gift card acknowledging the donation to the Memphis Music Foundation. All proceeds from the ornament sales go to the Memphis Music Resource Center, a hands-on learning site offering free workstations, training classes, and one-on-one assistance for Memphis musicians. The only free educational facility of its kind in the world, The center is dedicated to helping musicians move forward and be successful. The center is operated by the Memphis Music Foundation. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Soulsville Foundation.

This glass ornament is hand painted with the famous Stax Records logo. The series is limited to 500 ornaments per label, and your purchase includes a donation to the Memphis Music Foundation and the Soulsville Foundation.